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NOTHIN' IN THE 'VERSE - PART II: Chapter 21
Monday, October 16, 2006

Takes place after the events of the series and before the BDM, and a few months after "Nothin' In The 'Verse Part I". The return of a former passenger to Serenity causes conflict among the crew - and creates a problem for Mal that he is unprepared to deal with.-------CHAPTER 21: Inara and Mal have an awkward moment.


CATEGORY: FICTION    TIMES READ: 1200    RATING: 9    SERIES: FIREFLY

Disclaimers: Everything belongs to Joss, except for one character of my creation ----------------------------- **Mousing over the Chinese should reveal the English translations on most browsers. If not, translations follow the story. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Inara stayed in her shuttle all the first day and night back on the ship. The next morning, she opted to join the crew for breakfast. No matter her feelings for Mal, she wanted to spend as much time with the others as possible in the time she had remaining. She took a deep breath, held her head high, and walked down the stairs, through the cargo bay, and toward the dining area. As she passed through the common area, Mal suddenly emerged from the infirmary. They stopped in their tracks and just looked at each other. “Inara.” He seemed surprised to see her. “Mal,” she said softly. She felt like an awkward schoolgirl. “I, uh...I don’t know what to say.” Mal dropped his eyes and shuffled his feet. “Well, that surely makes two of us.” “How is she this morning?” He shrugged and looked back toward the infirmary. “The same.” Inara walked to the infirmary window and looked in at Alex on the exam table. She saw the slight rise of her belly under the blanket, and the hurt of the day before threatened to return. She attempted to push it away. Mal came to stand beside her. “Inara,” he said, the plea for forgiveness plain in his voice, “I’m sorry I didn’t tell you. I—I didn’t plan for this to happen, you know.” Inara’s hurt was replaced by a sudden rush of anger. She looked him straight in the eye. “Did you plan for it not to?” He raised his eyebrows. “What...are you asking...? Are you asking me about—if I used...?” Inara stared at him. “That’s kinda personal, don’t you think?” He sounded defensive. “You didn’t, did you?” Her voice was soft again. He dropped his eyes. “No.” “Mal—“ He sighed deeply. “Inara, it just...happened...I—I...” he threw up his hands. “I know it was really bu zhu yi. Believe me, I know that now. But...most women...” he shrugged, “Most of the women I know take the shot—“ “Most of the women you know are professionals!” Inara interjected. “I just thought...I guess I didn’t think, is all. And, apparently, neither did she.” He stared into the infirmary, leaning against the window as if he didn’t have the energy to stand upright on his own. Inara suddenly wanted to put her arms around him, to tell him everything would be all right. At the same time, she wanted to slap him and tell him what a fool he was. “I just wish you’d been honest with me,” she whispered. “Right now that may be my biggest regret,” he sighed, his face still against the window. She watched him a moment longer. “I’m going up to breakfast,” she finally said. “Are you coming?” “I’ll be along,” he said, not moving. She left him there and walked up the stairs. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CHINESE: bu zhu yi = thoughtless ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Go to Chapter 22.

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COMMENTS

Monday, October 16, 2006 3:41 AM

BORNTOFLY


Heartbreaking and happy at the same time...is that weird?

I can't help but feel that any chance Mal may have had to keep Inara on the ship just went out the window, right there.

Conversely, the conversation held no malice from either party, meaning there is hope..somewhere.

So beautiful, but too damn short. You kill me with these teensy ones.

MORE!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 9:25 AM

BLUEEYEDBRIGADIER


Last time I checked, BornToFly...Inara has to get off Serenity. Both the comics and the BDM have her getting gone. But yeah...the lack of true malice certainly allows for the awkward longing seen in the movie;)

Anyway...on to my review: brilliant but too damn short! We need more riveting story, ShinyTrinket!

BEB


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